Pashley Manor Gardens is on the border of East Sussex and Kent. Famous for its Tulip Festival in spring regrettably I have never visited before despite my love of tulips. It is a garden worth visiting at any time during the open season from 1st April to 30th September as there are several different areas. Between the end of April and mid-May the woods are open for the Bluebell Walk when the woodland is carpeted in a magical mantle of blue. July and August is Lily time and each year Pashley exhibits the work of many eminent sculptors, including work by local sculptors, some of which is for sale.

There is also a lovely courtyard tea-room and summer terrace where you can sit under a parasol, eat quiche and salad, sip iced-coffee and admire the wonderful views over the lawns and old moat. And try to ignore the dozens of ducks underfoot.

The first area you enter are the herbaceous and  hot borders, full of roses, lilies, dahlias, clematis, monarda, helenium, fuchsias and penstemon.

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From here you can wander through to the woodland or enter the Walled Garden where you will find roses and a potager.

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Up some steps – stop to admire the sculptures – and into the walled swimming pool area which looks very inviting now that the sun has appeared. At the far end is a small greenhouse filled with pelargoniums, pretty Streptocarpus and ferns.

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Boy sitting
Boy sitting

Amongst the borders edging the lawns and summer terrace are dozens of perfumed lilies

Summer Terrace
Summer Terrace

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and my favourite sculpture:

wood-nymph
Wood Nymph
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19 thoughts on “Pashley Manor Gardens

    1. A place I have passed many times en route to Hastings or Rye or Sissinghurst, but never visited. I only wish I’d gone when they hold the tulip festival as that must be stunning and I love tulips. I shall have to make another visit to East Sussex in the springtime 🙂 Have you been there?

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      1. Have you heard of Charleston nr Lewes? A garden that was created by Vanessa Bell and Duncan grant of the Bloomsbury group of artists. Open Wednesday to Sunday. Looks beautiful – old fashioned flowers, cottagey, random planting etc.

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  1. There aren’t enough superlative adjectives for this locale – the colors, statues and venues are almost overwhelming in their beauty. This is a place I will come back to again and again. Thank you!!

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    1. She’s a beauty isn’t she? When I get a garden I must get a sculpture, even if it is a small one! The boy in the greenhouse hiding amongst the pots is rather sweet too.

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  2. Oh, oh, oh! A delicious post: the poetry of names, the flute player, the bench sculptures (I was really irate when I saw someone else at the bench with wi-fi access down near the Wisła, only to find he was a bench sculpture), the hydrangea, the Irene Watts, the fountain – all superb shots. But my favourite is that substantial nymph – they usually look anorexic! Maybe I’ll pursue open gardens when I go home.

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    1. Isn’t she a picture? Even I can have enough of a good thing with flowers so this garden was a delightful surprise with all the statues and sculptures in it. One or two would have come home with me if I had a garden to put them in!

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